CFW's first 1000-IN-24 endurance ride was run in August of 1985. With a committee numbering about 10, we set about planning this thing about which we knew absolutely nothing about. As we sat around the table brainstorming, it very quickly became evident that this was going to be a huge undertaking.  We had to consider things like start time, end time, route, degree of difficulty of the route, accident liability, participant safety, and a host of other things that we as individuals had never given a second thought to whenever we hit the highway for a road trip.

We decided to play what we figured would be "safe".  We developed a route which encompassed seven states in and around our home state of Colorado.  For those of you that don't have an atlas handy, the states were Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Colorado.

An issue of major concern was how to keep this from becoming a cannonball-run type of event. We didn't want the participants to throw safety and caution to the wind for the sake of being the first to cross the finish line. After much discussion and the loss of some hair, we decided to take the following approach. We would announce at the riders meeting that the endurance run was not a race for a race's sake. We would give each entrant the total complement of event paraphernalia (hat, shirt, pin and in later years we would add then remove a belt buckle) when they checked in to begin the event. The speech would go on to say that once they left the staging area, we didn't care if they rode the event or returned home to finish their night's sleep. However, the only way they would be considered a finisher's and receive a finisher's award, (supplied by our sponsor at the time Lakewood Honda Ltd.) was to check back into the finisher's area and, after verification, have ridden a 1,000 miles or more in the allotted time. Another benefit offered to finishers and non-finishers was the feed sponsored by Lakewood Honda and held sometime after the event. Notification of the dates for the event were sent to participants via U.S. Mail.

Well, times have changed and so has our sponsor. Fay Myers Motorcycle World was our longtime sponsor and was committed to upholding the standards established by Dave Weinstock (former owner of Lakewood Honda Ltd).

After running this event for 31 successful years we have come to realize a few things. The first given is, that no matter what you say to people, they figure out that someone has got to be the first one back to the finish. That means there will always be someone who will try to be the first. Another thing is that endurance riders must be willing to take responsibility for their own actions.

The safety record of the event is outstanding. In 31 years of running this event, we proudly boast of an extremely low accident rate of less than 1% for the total number of participants entered. Part of our commitment to safety includes a tech. inspection of each participating motorcycle prior to leave time. We check for worn tires and make sure that all signaling systems are operative. In the pre-event package we send to each participant we stress the importance that both their machine and they are in good mechanical and physical condition before embarking on the trek.

In 1994, we celebrated the tenth anniversary of the event and we commemorated the occasion with a special edition belt buckle. And in 2009 for our 25th anniversary we had a special challenge coin minted. Over the years we have standardized many aspects of the event. One such standard is the time of year the event is run. It's always held the third weekend in August. We also run the event rain or shine. Bad weather adds to the challenge. The leave time more often than not has been between 2:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. If that window changes you will be notified prior to the event. Once you sign in you can leave anytime during the two hour window. The staff will clock you out when you indicate you are ready to begin your journey. You must return to the staging area within 24 hours of the time when you were clocked out to be considered a qualified finisher. The staging area will be at Fay Myers  Motorcycle World (9700 E. Arapahoe Rd. Greenwood Village, CO).

The 2016 1000-IN-24 was held on August 20th and 21th. For the 31st running of the event, the entry fee was $55.00 per rider and $110.00 per couple and included a pin, shirt, and hat. The shirt displayed that year's route map.

We offered the riders a chance to earn an IBA (Iron Butt Association) "Saddle Sore 1000" certificate at a reduced price if they completed the route in the allotted time and with the required mileage.  For that year (2016), Iron Butt qualification forms were be available at the start of the ride. See the IBA website at: Iron Butt for more information.

This was the 2016 1000-IN-24 entry form.

Here are the 2016 route maps: 2016 1000-IN-24(.jpg file), 2016 1000-IN-24 Microsoft Streets and Trips, 2013 version (.est file).

Again in 2016, the ride started between 2:00am and 4:00amwith the usual inspection for safety.

The Stats and other information from the 2014 ride are here: Stats

The Route 2016 (Conterclockwise)

2016 1000-IN-24

1,030 miles

Start and end: Fay Myers Motorcycle World, 9700 E Arapahoe Rd, Greenwood Village, CO.
Leave parking lot, turn right (North) on Dayton St. northbound to Arapahoe Rd./CO-54 yards.
Turn left on Arapahoe Rd. westbound to I-25 0.4 miles.
Turn right onto I-25 northbound ramp.
Continue on I-25 northbound for 72.3 miles Exit 29B at Ft. Collins.
Turn right onto ramp headed west toward CO-14.
Bear right (west) onto CO-14 (E. Mulberry St.) for 4 miles.
Turn right (north) onto US-287 (CO-14)for 4.1 miles.
Keep straight onto US-287 (CO-14) for 60.2 miles.
Enter Wyoming.
Keep straight onto I-80 Blvd. (US-287) for 0.3 miles.
2 At near Laramie, turn left (west) onth WY-130 (WY-230)for 2.1 miles.
Keep straight onto WY-230 (Jackson St.) for 40 miles.
Enter Colorado. Road name changes to CO-127 for 9.1 miles.
Keep straight onto CO-125 for 13.2 miles.
3 At Walden, stay on CO-125 (Main St.)south for 53.4 miles.
Bear right (south)onto local roads for 65 yards.
4 At US-40, west of Granby, bear right (west) onto US-40 (Colorado River headwaters byway for 24.7 miles.
5 At Kremmling, stay on US-40 (E. Park Ave.) west for 6.3 miles.
Turn left (northwest) onto CO-134 (County Road 134) for 27 mile.
6 At Toponas, road name changes to CO-131 for 35.5 miles.
Turn left (north) onto US-40 for 45.9 miles.
7 At Craig, stay on US-40 (CO-13) west for 1.4 miles.
Turn left (south) onto CO-13 (CO-789) for 87.2 miles.
Keep right onto CO-13 (W. 20th Ave.) for 0.8 miles.
Keep straight onto CO-13 for 1.2 miles.
Keep right on local roads for 120 yards.
Bear right (west) onto US-24 (US-6) for 1.6 miles.
8 At US-6 in Rifle, stay on US-24 (US-6) west for 0.9 miles.
Take ramp right onto I-70 (US-6) for 37.9 miles on I-70.
At Exit 49, turn right onto ramp for 0.1 miles toward CO-65 South/CO-330 East/Colbran/Grand Mesa.
Turn left (east) onto CO-65 (Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway) for 10 yards.
10 At near Cameo, stay on CO-65 (Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway) south for 33.2 miles.
11 At Mesa, stay on CO-65 south for 41.5 miles.
12 At CO-65, stay on CO-65 south for 54 yards.
Turn left (east) onto CO-92 for 16.9 miles.
13 At Hotchkiss, stay on CO-92 (East Bridge St.) east for 52.6 miles.
Turn left (east) onto US-60 for 26.3 miles.
14 At 102 North Main St. in Gunnison, stay on US-50 (East Tomichi Ave.) east for 8.1 miles.
Turn right (south) onto CO-114 for 61.7 miles.
Keep right on local roads for 120 yards.
Bear right (south) onto US-285 (8th St.) for 35.1 miles.
Turn left (east) onto US-160 (US-285) for 17.8 miles.
15 At near Alamosa, stay on US-160 (Denver Ave.) north for 71.8 miles.
Turn left (north) onto I-25 Blvd. (US-160) for 2.2 miles.
16 At 15027 I-25 Blvd. in Walsenburg, stay on I-25 Blvd (US-85) north for 0.4 miles.
Take ramp onto I-25 (US-85) for 94.1 miles toward Pueblo.
Stay on I-25 (US-87) north for 50.6 miles.
At Exit 197, turn right onto ram for 0.3 miles toward CO-88 (Arapahoe Road).
Turn right (east) onto CO-88 (Arapahoe Road) for 0.4 miles.
Turn right onto South Dayton St. to Fay Myers Motorcycle World-43 yards.
Turn left into Fay Myers parking lot.